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"SERVAL: [Fr., from L. cervus, a stag.] a digitigrade carnivorous mammal. Felis serval, of Southern Africa. It has a long ringed tail, long legs, and black spots on a tawny body."
-----Webster's New Twentieth Century Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition
Servals are small spotted wildcats, native to the grasslands and savannahs of Africa, they can leap up to ten feet and run approximately 35 miles per hour. They weigh between twenty to fifty pounds. The mother will keep her kittens in a den, usually a hollowed out tree trunk, rockhole, or thick scrub. Servals have large ears with predator markings on the back. They dine on rodents, birds insects and lizards in the wild. They have a high pitched cry and they are able to purr.
They live throughout Africa, except for the rain forests.
Big Cats Index
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